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on fox news, his running mate paul ryan admitted the campaign has had some challenges. >> first of all, 47%, mitt acknowledges himself that was an inarticulate way of describing how we are worried in that stag nato bama economy more people are dependent on government. >> despite being down in most polls ryan said the gop ticket will eventually win over voters who are frustrated by a stagnant economy. >> given that we are going to win this. >> reporter: and romney has a lot to gain from a debate says cathleen hall jameison. >> the challenger has the opportunity to establish he is competent to stand up and hold his own against the president of the united states. a challenger who accomplishes that, in effect, wins the first debate. >> reporter: romney las been studying for the debates since june, the last month he has even been traveling with his obama stand-in, ohio senator rob portman who has joined him on his plane and campaign bus. the obama campaign contends romney has prepared more than any candidate in recent history. >> he's been a good debater in the past. he's very prepared. he'
in the arlington romney campaign office today as running mate paul ryan phoned a volunteer to congratulate her on being the person to make the 3.5 millionth could not tack in virginia. >> thank you for doing such a great job. >> reporter: the real focus here -- >> you are going to be supporting the president. >> reporter: and in obama campaign offices is on tomorrow night's debate between the two men at the top of the ticket. with virginia voters already casting in person absentee ballots and early voting underway in some other states, both sides know this first debate will be the last one some voters see. >> after this one, people will have a better sense of what mitt romney and the republican party stand for and what we're going to do. >> i think all three debates will be important. probably this one is the first. and people will be watching it more. >> most campaign offices like this obama for america office will also host debate watch parties. for a brief time the phone banking will stop and the tvs will go. on. >> reporter: the same will be true in more than two dozen romney campaign offi
the worst of both worlds! >> reporter: a week ago when republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan spoke about medicare to the american association of retired persons in norls he got an earful. >> the law turned medicare boo into a piggy bank for obamacare! (boos) >> reporter: that frosty reaction is borne out in new polling, both by cbs news and others which found more people thought the president would do a better job handling medicare than governor romney. the "washington post" and kaiser foundation surveyed voters in virginia, ohio, and florida. in those states that found that majorities of 56%, 59%, and 65% support maintaining medicare's current system of benefits. in flagler beach, florida, walt mazie has some serious questions for romney. >> i think romney will turn the economy around but it's the other issues that we don't know about. >> reporter: like what? >> like the medicare, health care issues. >> reporter: in haymarket, virginia, life-long republican dan stapleton echoes fears about the romney/ryan ticket. >> i think they want to change it so dramatically that we won'
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